Aliquippa Dollar General store coming soon

Dollar General is expected to make a decision in the coming weeks on whether it will build a new store on Franklin Avenue.

ALIQUIPPA — Dollar General is expected to make a decision in the coming weeks on whether it will build a new store on Franklin Avenue.

The Tennessee-based franchise has been exploring the possibility of locating in Aliquippa for more than a year. Last April, company spokeswoman Angela Petkovic said Dollar General officials were doing their “due diligence” in researching whether to locate there.

Petkovic reaffirmed Tuesday that a decision is expected soon.

“This means we are reviewing the opportunity to add a new store in the area, but we have not committed to doing so just yet,” she said. “Based on our current timeline, we anticipate to have a final decision on this in the coming weeks.”

Aliquippa Mayor Dwan Walker previously said that Dollar General was interested in a piece of property right next to the municipal building on Franklin Avenue. That property currently serves as a parking lot.

If the store is built there, Petkovic said, the Franklin Avenue store would employ six to 10 people.

She added that convenience for shoppers is a major factor when considering where to build a store.

“We also take demographic trends, competitive factors, traffic patterns and community concerns into consideration,” she said.

Nearly a dozen Dollar General stores currently operate across Beaver County, including locations close to Aliquippa: Hopewell Township, Center Township and Ambridge.

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